Golden Slum: Golden Slum

Nancy Avila, 29, right, chews coca leaves while Hilda Cahuana, 40, grinds ore in search of gold. While coca leaves may help one survive the high elevation there is nothing to provide relief from the horrible smell resulting from the bad sanitary conditions. The women are gold scavengers called Pallaqueras; they scour loads of waste rock (ore discarded by miners).
Golden Slum, La Rinconada, Peru

Nancy Avila, 29, right, chews coca leaves while Hilda Cahuana, 40, grinds ore in search of gold. While coca leaves may help one survive the high elevation there is nothing to provide relief from the horrible smell resulting from the bad sanitary conditions. The women are gold scavengers called Pallaqueras; they scour loads of waste rock (ore discarded by miners).